Group B Glance: USA v Martinique
Will Kellyn Acosta (#23) retain his place in the USA lineup when it meets Martinique in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 12, 2017? (Photo: AFP)

TAMPA, Florida – The United States and Martinique’s only CONCACAF Gold Cup meeting was 14 years ago, when the Americans pulled off a 2-0 win thanks to Brian McBride’s first-half brace.

In that competition, the groups consisted of only three teams each.  The win improved the U.S. to 2W-0D-0L, while Martinique had one Group C game remaining against El Salvador, which it lost 1-0 and then departed for home.

2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup – First Round

July 13, 2003: Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA (Att: 8,780)

Martinique-USA 0-2 (0-2)

Brian McBride 39’, 43’

Martinique: Eddy Huerlie; Judes Vanton, Patrick Percin (Jean-Michel Michaud 68), Yann Girier-Dufournier, David Dicanot, Jose Gordon (Dominique Reyal 82’), Migue Duragrin, Stepane Suedile, Willy Padoly (Gael Germany 75’), Jean-Victor Lavril, Charles-Edouard Coridon.

USA: Kasey Keller; Frankie Hejduk, Carlos Bocanegra, Cory Gibbs, Bobby Convey, Steve Ralston, Richard Mulrooney, Claudio Reyna (Earnie Stewart 46’), Eddie Lewis (25-Pablo Mastroeni 65’),Landon Donovan, Brian McBride (Greg Vanney 86’).

Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)

Times have changed and the sides will square off again Wednesday night, with Martinique (1-0-0, 3) sitting atop the Group B table, two points ahead of the U.S. (0-1-0, 1).

Here are some storylines to watch:

- The USA is winless in its last three Gold Cup games, the longest such streak in the team’s competition history.  Can the trend be snapped Wednesday?

- U.S. head coach Bruce Arena has stated he’ll make changes from the squad that played Panama to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.  What will be the impact of those modifications?

- Martinique is looking to win two straight Gold Cup games for the first time.  Is it ready to make history?

- The USA’s only group-stage loss came at Raymond James Stadium – the venue for tonight’s game – six years ago against Panama.  Can Martinique in the Canaleros’ steps?